Four Swords represent fear, anxiety and stress. Being so overwhelmed and mentally overloaded that you cannot act and think constructively. The card says that you need rest, peace and quiet. You will benefit from advice or support from, for example, a spiritual guide, a coach, psychologist or good friend.
Four Swords points more towards your ability to handle what you are facing than it points to the fact that your challenges are large, complex and real. The Four Swords card has more to do with your mental state than any problems you are facing. Relax, regroup and consider your situation in a calm, rational way. When you get control of your thoughts and calm yourself, you will find a way forward.
Four Swords shows a man lying asleep or resting on a sarcophagus in a church room. On the wall above him hang three swords – the fourth is engraved next to it in his coffin. The man’s hands are folded in prayer. One of the church’s mosaic windows is also seen, depicting a person kneeling before another, perhaps to be blessed.
The window symbolizes the man’s need to see the world through more spiritual ‘glasses’. Thus, the card is about giving yourself rest and peace. It symbolizes that it is necessary to spend time in withdrawal from everyday events. Everything is quiet in the picture, thus indicating that time is now peaceful and that the time of struggle, strife and problems is over.
The card suggests that now is the time to pause, recharge your batteries and re-energize. It is about focusing on more beneficial or spiritual values. There has probably just been a period marked by conflict, or you have been very energetic. Therefore: Now take a break and think about it! You need a break, a breather before returning to active life.
You should use this breathing space to direct your thoughts, feelings, your body and your spirit in the direction of flexibility, openness and calmness. Within you there is currently a clarification going on and new expanding thoughts want to be expressed.
This card can also represent a time marked by meditation, contemplation or self-healing. During these activities, notice and possibly allow new thoughts and values to take place. It will be good for you to pay attention to focus on calmness, to be aware of your surroundings, to come from the heart when you speak and otherwise to have a relaxed attitude towards things. In addition, this card also reminds you of the natural cycle between activity and relaxation.
Other words that describe Four Swords are: withdrawal, recovery, conflict resolution, appeasement, isolation and meditation.
The tarot card is associated with number 4, which means that you must pay attention to this number in relation to the challenge you are asking the tarot about. This is often expressed in the way that in the next four weeks | months | years it will be advantageous for you to reach negotiations or clarifications where it has been problematic to handle a conflict.
Jupiter in Libra. Openness and flexibility (Jupiter) and an open-minded attitude (Libra) are necessary to create a peaceful relaxed situation in which clarification or conflict resolution can be achieved.
I let the peace fill me. I follow my body and mind’s need for rest. I let myself be filled with energy.
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